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Day 1 – AIRPORT – COLOMBO (D)
Meet and assist on arrival at Airport. Transfer from Airport to Colombo. (01 Hrs Drive Approx.) Check-in to the Hotel.
Overnight stay at Galadari Hotel or similar hotel, Colombo.
Day 2 – COLOMBO – DAMBULLA (B,D)
Breakfast at the Hotel.
Morning Colombo City Tour.
Colombo- The throbbing metropolis, Colombo – located in the West – is not only the country’s commercial capital, but also the turbine that impels above 50% of the national GDP flanking Colombo’s fancy urban development effort. Drive along the clean streets edging the crystal white Race Course – horse racing hub in 1893 & World War II airstrip – furnished today with lavish clothing, food & tea boutiques. Meanwhile, ride to Pettah & tune into the Floating Market – an offbeat shopping experience – or feel the buzz surrounding the upcoming inspiration, the Colombo Port City – an offshore city – featuring parks, commercial complexes & even an F1 track! Head along Bauddhaloka Mawatha towards ‘Arcade’ facing a historic way post, the Independence Square. Every designer boutique, top-notch cuisine outlet and even the ‘walk-over fish tank’, have revamped this colonial masterpiece into one of the trendiest shopping and hangout zones in Sri Lanka. Have a chilled beer at the Dutch Hospital while gazing through fancy windows showcasing best fashion, jewelry & handicraft brands. Smell the scent of incense while listening to the chiming bells of Gangarama temple. Visit during Colombo city tour (Fort, Fort Lighthouse clock tower, Red Mosque, Kathiresan Kovil Colombo 04, Seema Malaka, Walk in the Sea street with all the temples)
Proceed from Colombo to Dambulla. (04 ½ Hrs Drive Approx.)
Evening Visit to the Dambulla Cave Temple.
Dambulla – In the city of Dambulla lies a hub which has been treasured by many kings since the 1st century B.C. Today, an icon in the face of Sri Lanka, Dambulla Rock Temple houses some of the most unique drawings in magnificently constructed 5 cave temples flanking the golden temple of Dambulla. Observe how exquisitely cave paintings are done along walls that shelter 150 statues of Lord Buddha. As you enter the retreat, look straight up to the gigantic Buddha statue glittering in gold over a land, which today houses an important junction in the country’s economic and cultural uplifting.
Dinner and overnight stay at the Habarana Village Hotel or similar Hotel, Habarana
Day 3 – SIGIRIYA – POLONNARUWA – SIGIRIYA (B,D)
Breakfast at the Hotel.
Morning visit to Sigiriya.
Sigiriya – The 5th century rock citadel of King Kasyapa and World Heritage Site – Sigiriya – doesn’t only boasts of ancient Sri Lankan engineering & urban planning supremacy but also acclaims to be one of the finest monuments of art & culture. Step through the gigantic ‘Lion Paws’ – overlooking the symmetrical royal gardens below – to comprehend the absolute splendor that once dominated this rock fortress. Surrounded by ramparts & moats the Lion Rock – resembling the mythological ‘City of Gods’ – is coated by frescoes that relate to Gupta style paintings found in Ajanta caves of India. Walk in the shade of an eminent ‘mirror wall’ embracing the Western face of Sigiriya representing an artistic hundred meters laminated with graffiti. Wander into the well-fabricated museum downstairs for an epic journey of yesteryears to realize how the citadel floated above citizens with the castle, ponds and irrigation systems that pumped water right onto its summit with an ingenious hydraulic system describing a colossal masterpiece of the great king which remained a wonder in Asia for centuries
Afterwards Day trip to Polonnaruwa. (01 ½ Hrs Drive Approx.)
Polonnaruwa – Remains as the royal ancient city of the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa Kings ruled the central plains of Sri Lanka from Polonnaruwa 800 years ago, when it was a thriving commercial and religious centre. The glories of that age can be found in the archaeological treasures that still give a pretty good idea of how the city looked in its heyday. You’ll find the archaeological park a delight to explore, with hundreds of ancient structures – tombs and temples, statues and stupas – in a compact core. The Quadrangle alone is worth the trip.
Back to Sigiriya. (01 ½ Hrs Drive Approx.) Dinner and overnight stay at Habarana or similar hotel.
Day 4 – SIGIRIYA – MATALE – KANDY (B,D)
Breakfast at the Hotel.
Proceed from Sigiriya to Kandy Via Matale. (2 ½ Hrs Drive Approx.)
On-route visit to Spice garden in Matale.
Spice Garden – Sri Lanka has always been renowned for its spices. Over 15 different spices call Sri Lanka home and many of them are traded in the international spice market. Cinnamon especially is endemic to Sri Lanka, and highest quality ‘true cinnamon’ can be obtained here.
Kandy City – Last ruled by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe – before it was brought under the British rule in 1815, Kandy – the World Heritage Site & last royal capital of Sri Lankan kings – crafts an array of culture, history and heritage in the minds of visitors across the globe. Experience an ancient Kandyan legacy engraved around its crown jewel, the temple of the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. A stroll across this small lakeside town – cradled among the misty hills – will feature the Kandy City Centre – bundled with latest and world class brands, bazaar, an arts & crafts centre, as well as a gem museum & lapidary. Walk in color as you glide through fresh fruits and vegetables in the Kandy market.
Dance Show – Fine tube your evening by stepping to the beat of traditional music & drumming amplified by a cultural show enhancing the rich and vibrant culture of the Wonder of Asia, Sri Lanka.
Dinner and overnight at Earls Regent or similar, Kandy
Day 5 – KANDY – PINNAWALA – KOSGODA – BALAPITIYA – AHUNGALLE (B,D)
Breakfast at the Hotel
Morning proceed to Pinnawala. (1 ½ Hrs Drive Approx.)
Pinnawala Elephant orphanage – As you enter the 25-acre coconut property, do not be surprised to witness baby elephants being bottle fed or moving around freely causing absolutely no harm to anyone. It is rightly a sincere sight to observe how these gentle giants – orphaned and sometimes three-legged – are taken care of since 1975 at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Up to date, over 20 calves have been born here, and it is surprising to hear that some of its inmates have even seen their grandchildren during the past few decades! Watch as they feed at 9:15 am, 1:15 pm & 5:00 pm and take a river bath twice a day at 10:00 am & 2:00 pm respectively for an experience that could never be felt anywhere else on earth.
Proceed to Kosgoda & visit the Turtle hatchery – Turn down a small track on the A2 at the Km72/73 post to find this operation, located in a quiet spot right on a pristine beach. Look for the 50-year-old turtle and the blind albino turtle, both of which have miraculously survived both humans (nets) and nature (tsunami). Arrive at 6pm and you can help release the three-day-old hatchlings into the ocean.
En route Visit to Maadhu river boat ride – You cruise in canopies, outboard motors powered boats, en route take in the view of a 200-year-old temple and watch the locals cultivating cinnamon. You may also see traditional fishing techniques in action and can view demonstrations of coir manufacture and rope making. You can also see 46 species of birds reside in the area including 14 aquatic varieties. You will also spot huge water lilies and colorful butterflies. Madu River, home to endearing mountains; a cinnamon plantation where you can buy cinnamon oil, sticks and powder; a fish farm where you can feed fish and hold a baby alligator; and sip on a tender coconut bought from an islander. For a cruise with a difference.
Afterward proceed to Ahungalla and relax by the beach.
Dinner and overnight stay at Earls Reef or similar hotel.
Day 6 – AHUNGALLE – GALLE – AIRPORT (B)
Breakfast at the Hotel
Morning Transfer to to Galle. (1 Hrs Drive Approx.)
City tour : Galle, the epic Southern capital, is the intersection where classic Dutch architecture meets a tropical setting creating a vivid atmosphere in beauty. Walk the Dutch-haunted streets listening to the creaks of wooden saloon doors and observe how European architecture mingles with South Asian traditions today flooding cultural enthusiasts on a global scale. Its original ramparts and bastions preserved up to date showcase evidences of a heritage preserved for more than 3 1/2 centuries. Walk clockwise within the fort to observe the ‘old gate’ carrying the British coat of arms. Flanking the old gate is the Zwart bastion – the oldest of all – and the lighthouse standing 18 feet in its glory next to the Point Utretcht Bastion. This Dutch bliss is painted with streets that spread in a rectangular grid pattern pierced with houses carrying Dutch colonial style verandas. Hop into the Dutch Hospital Shopping Complex to be mesmerized by an array of souvenir selections. However, its hallmark stands a reality where the Dutch fort remains a working community with its usual buzz of administrative offices, court complex, commercial buildings, churches and Southern folks frequenting its streets bracing the air of the Elysium of architecture, Galle.
On completion proceed from Galle to Airport for departure in time for the flight. (2 ½ Hrs Drive Approx.)
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